The initial objective of networking in the Mediterranean Animal Production was to improve consultation and dialogue around the mutual understanding of the challenges of researchers in the region. The EAAP Mediterranean Working Group has been formed under this context with the cooperation of EAAP, FAO and CIHEAM.
The Mediterranean WG is dealing with scientific and development issues related to animal production in the Mediterranean basin. Its aim is to encourage collaboration between scientific communities and technical sectors from the Mediterranean countries, discuss the Mediterranean livestock issues under a broad perspective, in order to formulate new ideas for research and development programs in the region and to increase the attractiveness of EAAP for researchers on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the activities of the Mediterranean Work Group is the organization of a Mediterranean symposium held periodically in a selected Mediterranean location. It is a major event where common problems and historic cases of the area are discussed with involvement of the scientists and stakeholders of the region. The Proceedings of the meetings are published within the EAAP Scientific Series.
- 2010, Zadar (Croatia) Animal farming and environmental interactions in the Mediterranean region
EAAP Scientific Series, Volume 131, Editors I. Casasus, J. Rogosić, A. Rosati, I. Stoković and D. Gabiña
- 2008, Corte (France), New Trends for Innovation in the Mediterranean animal production
EAAP Scientific Series, Volume 129, Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2009. Editors R. Bouche, A. Derkimba and F. Casabianca
- 2005, Fonte Boa (Portugal). Animal products from the Mediterranean area
EAAP Publication. No. 119. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2006.
Editors J. M. C. Ramalho Ribeiro, A. E. M. Horta, C. Mosconi and A. Rosati
- 2003, Ioannina (Greece) Animal production and natural resources utilisation in the Mediterranean mountain areas
EAAP Publication. No. 115. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2005.
Editors: A. Georgoudis, A. Rosati and C. Mosconi
- 2001, Hammamet (Tunisia), Prospects for a sustainable dairy sector in the Mediterranean
EAAP Publication. No. 99 EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2003.
- 1998, Agadir (Morocco), Livestock and climate uncertainty
EAAP Publication. No. 94. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2000
- 1996, Badajoz (Spain), Basis of the quality of typical Mediterranean animal product
EAAP Publication. No. 85. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 1998
- 1995, Benevento (Italy), International Symposium on Mediterranean animal germplasm and future human challenges
EAAP Publication. No. 90. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 1997
- 1994, Thessaloniki (Greece), The optimal exploitation of marginal Mediterranean areas by extensive ruminant production systems
EAAP Publication. No. 93. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 1996
- 1993, Evora (Portugal), Animal production and rural tourism in Mediterranean regions
EAAP Publication. No. 74. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 1996
- 1992, Cairo (Egypt) Prospects of buffalo production in the Mediterranean and in the Middle East
EAAP Publication. No. 62. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 1994
- 1991, Adana (Turkey), Production of hides, skins, wool and hair
EAAP Publication. No. 56. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 1994
- 1990, Rabat (Morocco). Livestock in the Mediterranean cereal production systems
EAAP Publication. No. 49. EAAP Scientific Series. Wageningen Academic Publishers, 1994
One of the aims of the Mediterranean WG is to enhance collaboration in research and education within countries of the Mediterranean basin. Therefore, the WG participates both in educational programs and other scientific meetings held by other networks in the area.
Joint Seminar of the Subnetworks on Nutrition and on Production Systems of the FAO-CIHEAM Network for Research and Development in Sheep and Goats, 2015/06/16-18, Montpellier (France) .
Napoléone M. (ed.), Ben Salem H. (ed.), Boutonnet J.P. (ed.), López-Francos A. (ed.), Gabiña D. (ed.). Zaragoza : CIHEAM, 2016. 705 p. (Options Méditerranéennes : Série A. Séminaires Méditerranéens; n. 115). http://om.ciheam.org/om/pdf/a115/a115.pdf
Joint Meeting of the Mountain Pastures, Mediterranean Forage Resources (FAO/ESCORENA –CIHEAM) and Mountain Cheese Networks .Clermont-Ferrand (France), 24-26 June 2013. “Forage resources and ecosystem services provided by Mountain and Mediterranean grasslands and rangelands”,
“Environmental Assessment of Livestock Production Systems”. Advanced course IAMZ-CIHEAM, EU–FP7 RedNEx, MedWG EAAP, CITA, INIA. Zaragoza (Spain), 15-20 April 2013. Coordination of the course.
17th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Mountain Pastures Network “Pastoralism and ecosystem conservation”, Trivero (Italia), 5-7 June 2013. Participation in Scientific Committee
8th International Seminar of the FAO-CIHEAM Network on Sheep and Goats Sub-Network on Production Systems “Technology creation and transfer in small ruminants: roles of research, development services and farmer associations”. Tánger (Morocco) 11-13 June 2013. Participation in Scientific Committee
16th Meeting of the FAO-CIEHAM Mountain Pastures Network “Contribution of the mountain pastures to European agriculture and environment”, Kraków (Polonia), 25-27 May 2011. Participation in Scientific Committee
7th International Seminar FAO-CIHEAM Network on Sheep and Goats, Sub-Network on Production Systems “Economic, social and environmental sustainability in sheep and goat production systems”. Zaragoza, 10-12 November 2010. Participation in Scientific Committee
The MWG work is based on the voluntary engagement of its members and has contacts inh all Mediterranean countries. In the previous year the WG has mainly focused to the organization of the Mediterranean Symposiums and the relevant publications. Currently the WG is discussing its future orientations under the current environment (in the research domain and the livestock sector).
The key elements of this discussion are:
- Enhance the WG activity and involvement
WG aims to improve the impact of the WG in the area, improve the collaboration between researchers and institutes within the region, using the opportunities of specific research calls oriented for projects in the Mediterranean region (previously ARIMNET and ARIMNET2, currently the PRIMA – Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, INTERREG Calls). Sustain the increased involvement of all Countries (including Non-European Mediterranean)
- Improve communication and cooperation
The WG will make efforts to promote and valorize the work done and increase efforts to have a more active work on connecting research with farmers, their associations and other stakeholders and promote the communication and cooperation in the region.
Sessions during the last EAAP meetings
The Mediterranean WG works in close collaboration with the EAAP scientific commissions, producing workshops and sessions held during the EAAP annual meetings, where Mediterranean issues are brought forward.
2018, 69th EAAP meeting, Dubrovnik (Croatia), 27-30 August
Session 65: “Practices and prospects for adapting to a challenging Mediterranean environment. (MWG, S+G; WG)
Chairs: Christina Ligda / Georgia Hadjipavlou
Panel discussion Moderator: F. Casabianca
The topics addressed were: the current challenges and developments in breeding goals in sheep and goat breeding programs, including conservation aspects, breeding practices and GXE management in dairy sheep, adaptation to climate change and thermal tolerance, and sustainability aspects, including crop – livestock systems dynamics. A panel discussion organized at the end of the session to debate on: i) the common challenges and stakes in the region, and ii) the means to enhance cooperation, focusing on the role of research and scientific community.
Sessions for the next EAAP meeting
2020, 71st EAAP meeting, Porto (Portugal), 31 August – 3 September
Session 4: Combining the diversity of resources and farming practices to ensure resilience at different scales
Jointly with AnGR WG and LFS Study Commissions
Chairs: Georgia Hadjipavlou, Luis Telo da Gama, Enrico Sturaro, Vincent Thenard
A full-day symposium with two separate sessions (Diversity of animal genetic resources for resilient farming systems (G, WG-AnGR / MWG) / Management of resources’ diversity to ensure resilience (LFS / MWG)) will focus on the challenges and drivers of change that the livestock sector is facing in the Mediterranean and less-favoured areas. Presenting authors will deal with issues related with the diversity of animal genetic resources (local breeds, crossbreds etc.), their capacities to express a good balance between production, reproduction, health performance, and/or to valorize scarce and diverse feed resources and overcome other environmental challenges. Diversity can enforce the sustainability of the livestock farming systems in the face of climatic, social and economic changes. That concerns a wide diversity of resources (natural, technical, social, and economics) including the farming practices. The two sessions will be connected through a panel discussion at the end of the last session.
HAO – Thessaloniki (Greece)
ARI – Nicosia (Lefkosia, Cyprus)
INRA – Corte (France)
Notre Dame University – Louaise (Lebanon)
CITA Aragon – Zaragoza (Spain)
INAT – Tunis (Tunisia)
IAV Hassan II – Rabat (Morocco)
University Zadar – Zadar (Croatia)
Agricultural Research Organization – Rishon LeZion (Israel)